The Deep Play Institute’s (DPI) launches our 2nd iteration of The Cauldron - a free, 3-month long, weekly, one-on-one, virtual event for playing with creative facilitation. The Cauldron is aimed towards folks who have some kind of practice that involves facilitation. Please read below to see if this would be a good fit for you, and if you are interested in participating, please fill out an application by September 1st, 2021.
A cauldron is a large cooking pot used for brewing spells, magic, soups, and other delicious things. It is a container for testing and tasting. The Deep Play Institute’s “The Cauldron” is an opportunity to engage in this kind of living experiment by creating a one-on-one practice between yourself and another. Perhaps you are an artist with a relational, somatic or performative practice; how would your practice look when shifted into a one-on-one container? Perhaps you are a coach, therapist, counselor or facilitator; what ways are you curious to expand or modify your practice that aren’t possible with a paying client in need of a trusted method? The emphasis in both cases is on playing with the relational container that exists between yourself and the other. This togetherness is your canvas, your laboratory, your testing-grounds. The invitation is to use this one-on-one facilitation container to explore some of the big questions of self, other, togetherness, leadership, engagement, creativity, connection, support, and transformation.
The Cauldron will last for approximately 3 months. Everyone will be paired with one other person who they will facilitate for 3 months, and another different person who they will be facilitated by for 3 months. Participants will have 2 options for meeting frequency. Option 1 Involves a 2-hour / week commitment (one hour every week with person A, your facilitator, and one every week with person B, who you are facilitating). Option 2 involves a 1 hr / week (one hour every 2 weeks with person A, your facilitator, and one hour every 2 weeks with person B, who you are facilitating). After each meeting, the participant will provide feedback, and the facilitator will use it along with their own experience to modify the practice for the next meeting. Throughout our months we will also have a couple of opportunities to meet as a larger group to discuss our findings and share our collective curiosities.
Disclaimer: The Cauldron is a free, anti-capitalist, somewhat anarchic container, and therefore the DPI leadership will not be taking a substantial role to maintain this container, to provide safety during the sessions, nor to match people according to their needs, preferences nor time availability. The experience will therefore require a certain amount of grace and co-leadership on all of our parts. It is especially essential that each Cauldron participant is responsible for knowing and expressing their boundaries. For one, while we hope that everyone can stay for the full 3 months, we understand that various factors may prevent this. If your partner needs to leave the container, you will automatically be matched by the other person paired with your dropped partner. If you decide to drop out, we need you to drop out from both the partnerships. This way, if a person needs to leave the container, their partner will automatically be matched with the person's other partner to keep the experiment going.
Participation in the Cauldron requires an application process (see above). This is meant to create a certain degree of investment and shared values amongst the entire Cauldron group of participants, and help to create a safe enough container for us all to work with and count on each other.
Platform: live-video conferencing (recommended) Duration: 1-hour sessions (recommended) Intervals: Two options. Both partners once a week (2 hours per week). One partner once a week (1 hour per week). Registration: Please fill out an application form here by Sept 1st. Timing: We will have a kick-off Zoom meeting sometime in September to go over more details, have a chance to ask questions, and get to know each other a bit. The Cauldron container will then begin in October and go until the end of December. Cost: Free